Category Archives: True Crime Authors

Today in Lansing: True crime author Tom Carr talks robbers, cutthroats and thieves

Tom Carr author appearance

7 p.m.

East Lansing Public Library

950 Abbot Road., East Lansing

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19 — Tom Carr puts Michigan’s most malicious and dastardly residents in the spotlight in his new book, “MI Bad: Robbers, Cutthroats and Thieves in Michigan’s Past Present.”

Formerly a Traverse City Record Eagle reporter, Carr — now a freelancer — developed his passion for true crime after covering the police and courts.

One case in Kalkaska changed his trajectory into writing about true crime when Geraldine Montgomery, 68, was assaulted and murdered in her own home, he said.

It became one of his beats.

“There was a false confession and DNA evidence not on the

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15 New Books With Fall-Colored Covers To Bring Some Autumn Fun To Your Nightstand

Is your room looking a bit too summery for the PSL season that’s rapidly approaching? I’ve got 15 new books with fall-colored covers that will bring some autumn fun to your nightstand, so keep scrolling to find out how you can make your nightstand pile look more like a pile of crunchy leaves.

The two weeks of fall weather my little southern home gets every year are some of the most spectacular days you can imagine. The foliage alternates between being crisply golden and fiery red, and the weather gets damp, chilly, and breezy. It’s a welcome respite that falls — pun only somewhat intended — between the harsh summer heat and the bone-numbing cold of winter.

This is all to say that I love fall, and I will do anything and everything to bring the autumn indoors, even when it’s 90 degrees and sunny outside.

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Note: Spoilers ahoy for the first season of Castle Rock

The first season of Castle Rock was outstanding. Sure, there were a few pacing glitches here and there, but JJ Abrams, Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason’s first trip to Stephen’s King’s favorite haunted municipality was big, weird, and ambitious in fairly unexpected fashion. The fact that showrunners Shaw and Thomason even tried to approach the horror author’s most metaphysical fixations – namely parallel dimension plots echoed from King’s Dark Tower series and his Peter Straub collaboration, The Talisman – demonstrated that they were willing to get risky when it came to the types of tale they’re telling in Castle County.

But what about that last scene? For those who may have missed it, after we leave Henry Deaver (André Holland) and his supernatural prisoner (Bill Skarsgård) beneath a now abandoned Shawshank prison, the credits roll and Castle Rock‘s initial self-contained story – as Shaw and Thomason

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True Crime: who was Squizzy Taylor?

His crimes ranged from pick-pocketing to murder, and he was feared on the streets of Melbourne in the 1920s. Today however, Joseph Theodore Leslie ‘Squizzy’ Taylor is a source of fascination, with Squizzy Taylor walking tours even running in Melbourne. True Crime author Rochelle Jackson told his story to Philip Clark.

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A look at some convicted American serial killers and notable open or unsolved cases

Kenneth Bianchi (left) and Angelo Buono Jr.

Nicknames: The Hillside Stranglers

Number of confirmed victims: At least 9

Years and locations: 1970s, Los Angeles, Washington state

Characteristics: Buono and Bianchi were cousins who posed as police officers to trap teenage girls and young women, some of whom worked as prostitutes. Bianchi claimed that he suffered from multiple personality disorder but later admitted that he faked the condition. Buono owned an auto upholstery shop and was not a suspect until Bianchi was caught, confessed and identified his cousin as his accomplice.

Arrest, conviction and sentence: Bianchi was arrested on Jan. 12, 1979; Buono was arrested on Oct. 19, 1979. Bianchi was arrested in Bellingham, Washington, as a suspect in the murders of two college students at Western Washington University. He pleaded guilty to the slayings in Washington and confessed to five of the Los Angeles murders. He was sentenced to five life terms for murder and one additional life sentence

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BOOK REVIEW: ‘Hunting Charles Manson’ by Lis Wiehl with Caitlin Rother

By Paul Davis – – Wednesday, August 22, 2018



By Lis Wiehl with Caitlin Rother

Thomas Nelson, $29.99, 336 pages

Having read Los Angles prosecutor ’s book on the trial, “Helter Skelter,” in 1974, I thought the case was closed on . But then I read Jeff Guinn’s excellent biography, “: The Life and Times of ,” (which I reviewed here in August of 2013).

And now I’m drawn once again to another book about , who died in prison this past November. Lis Wiehl, a former prosecutor and legal commentator on Fox News and other networks, and Caitlin Rother, a true crime author and investigative reporter, look back on ’s life and crimes in “Hunting : The Quest for Justice in the Days of Helter Skelter.”

“In taking on the quest for justice in the tragedy that was the summer of 1969,

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What’s Next for Alleged Golden State Killer

Joseph DeAngelo, the 72-year-old former police officer accused of being the long-sought “Golden State Killer,” was arraigned in a Sacramento court on Thursday on 13 new rape-related charges . DeAngelo was arrested in late April after evading investigators for more than 40 years, thanks to new familial DNA technology and the use of public genealogy databases that linked him to DNA from the crime scenes. DeAngelo had already been charged with 13 murders that occurred in several counties over a 10-year span, but prosecutors have agreed to consolidate all of the charges in Sacramento County, which is currently led by District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert.

“When someone asks me how I feel that a case of this magnitude would come to Sacramento, my answer is that it is very fitting that the answer to this case that has been sought for over 40 years will

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‘Golden State Killer’: New Charge Links Alleged Murderer to 1970s Crime Spree

On Monday, authorities charged alleged Golden State Killer Joseph DeAngelo with the 1975 murder of a college professor in Visalia, California, while the alleged serial killer was still employed as a police officer. The murder of Claude Snelling is the 13th murder DeAngelo has been accused of thus far, and his earliest yet; he’s also accused of committing nearly 50 rapes between northern and southern California from the mid-1970s to 1986, and evading law enforcement for over 40 years.

Earlier this year, investigators used crime-scene DNA and a new form of genetic fingerprinting to locate a distant relative of the then-unknown offender on the genealogy database GEDMatch. After whittling down the list of potential suspects, investigators covertly obtained DeAngelo’s DNA from a discarded tissue and compared it directly to the crime scene DNA — it was a match. DeAngelo

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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s 1m movie investment

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon paid $1 million for the rights to the McDonald’s Monopoly game crime story.

Ben is set to direct Matt in the new movie – about an ex-cop who rigged the game, allegedly stealing over $24 million, and sharing it with a group of co-conspirators – and the pair paid a whopping $1 million for the rights to the article about it, written by Jeff Maysh, an L.A.-based journalist and true-crime author

Jeff is thrilled that Matt and Ben – who have previously worked together on a number of successful projects, including their 1997 hit ‘Good Will Hunting’ – wanted to adapt his article.

He told The Hollywood Reporter: “Film producer David Klawans had previously teamed with Ben Affleck on ‘Argo’ and that was obviously a huge success, to say the least. There were so many other offers and big names but this one made me say, “Wow.” I

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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Paid $1 Million for McDonald’s …

L.A.-based crime writer Jeff Maysh explains how he stumbled into a bizarre world of Big Macs, mobsters and FBI agents — a story so irresistible, it sold for seven figures.

Talk about supersizing it.

The bidding war that erupted over a Daily Beast story published July 28 about a decadelong scam involving the McDonald’s Monopoly contest has resulted in one of the most lucrative rights deals for a single article, sources with knowledge of the deal tell The Hollywood Reporter.

In the end, it was 20th Century Fox and Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s Pearl Street Films’ bid of $1 million — a huge sum for an 8,700-word web feature — that beat out other bids from Universal, Netflix and Warner Bros.

Affleck has committed to directing the project, with Damon set to star, presumably in the central role of antihero Jerome Jacobson. An ex-cop hired to oversee security on the

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